Soap / Heatbox / The Dirty Rhythm Band
- Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, 8 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
Like the band name, Soap’s music is undoubtedly fresh. With influences ranging from jazz, blues and funk to progressive, psychedelic and electronic, Soap skillfully fuses all of these genres into one – dance infused rock. Imagine going to a double matinee showing of Led Zeppelin & P-Funk at Dream Theatre and then heading to an Amsterdam discotheque to dance until the sun came up. That's about as close as can be described without seeing Soap for yourself.
Originally from just south of Chicago, Illinois, Soa p uprooted and moved to Minneapolis in 2007 and has become a staple in the thriving Twin Cities music scene. January of 2012 will mark one year of Soap’s weekly residency at The Cabooze, a long-standing tradition at the legendary Minneapolis venue. Following the likes of The Big Wu and God Johnson, Soap has not only continued that tradition, but has expanded on it with a new allegiance of fans. These strong Midwest ties have also helped the band tour successfully throughout the region and beyond, notching over 130 shows in 2011 and looking to greatly expand that number in 2012.
Soap has become a favorite on the Midwest festival circuit, performing at 10,000 Lakes Festival (2), Big Wu Family Reunion (2), Bella Music Festivals (4), Prairie Grass Music Festival (2), Whippersnap Music Festival (2), Shoe Fest, Project Earth and this year’s first annual Shangri-La (formerly Wookiefoot’s Harvestfest), as well as sharing the stage with notable acts and performers, such as Tea Leaf Green, Zach Deputy, Hot Buttered Rum, Kinetix, Heatbox, Roster McCabe, Steve Molitz, Bernie Worrell and more.
The One Man Entertainment System, otherwise known as Heatbox, has been emerging in the Minneapolis music scene (“the 612”) for the better part of a decade. From rocking crowds in his humble beginnings with the Root City Band to selling out shows across the country, Heatbox's unparalleled crossover between Motown, A cappalla, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul and Funk has gained National attention from both fans and the media alike. Creating beats and building songs from the ground up, Heatbox uses a Boss LoopStation RC-50 and a DigiTech Vocal 300 to create his songs. Recording each part as he goes, Heatbox's music is live and in the moment. Using no tracks, samples, or pre-recorded music, each song and performance is distinctly unique. Heatbox's discography includes two full-length studio albums, Entertainment (2006) and System (2009). Included on System is a video game, Ninja Strike, designed and programmed entirely by Heatbox. Following the System release in 2009, he co-produced two original music videos, "Pizza Funk" and "Jack & Coke” alongside acclaimed Boston video producer Spookie Daly. Promoting his latest Album, Heatbox is currently touring the US and Canada. In recent months, he toured with fellow solo act That 1 Guy and supported artists such as Buckethead, Medeski Martin & Wood, Bassnectar, Umphrey's McGee and Chali 2na. Additionally, he played notable music festivals including South by Southwest, 10,000 Lakes, Bella Music Fest, Summer Camp, Harvest Fest, Big Wu Family Reunion and Camp Euphoria. Showing no signs of slowing down, Heatbox plans on spreading his music and positive message to the rest of the world. Ultimately, his passion is to entertain people, and that's exactly what he does. He truly is a one-man entertainment system!